Seven ways to hack registration

With registration for interterm and the spring 2019 semester just around the corner, we’re about to face a whirlwind of frustration and stress. Here are some tips to help you survive class registration season and what to do if you don’t get the classes you wanted.



1. Plan Early

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The best way to prepare yourself for registration is to give yourself time. Know what classes you want to take and create a few mock-up schedules that ensure you’re on track to graduate on time and make you excited to go to class each morning.


2. Have backups, and backups for backups

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You need backups! Don’t get stuck during your registration period frantically searching for a class if the one you counted on fell through. You can avoid scrambling by creating multiple schedule scenarios for the semester.


4. Meet with your advisor

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Meet with your academic advisor to get an idea of what you should and shouldn’t take in order to graduate on time. Academic advising is located in Beckman 405 and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advisors are supposed to have extensive expertise in scheduling and planning and the ability to help you.


5. Your course catalog is your best friend

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Your course catalog is very important when planning out classes. Use it to check your major and minor requirements, prerequisites and whether classes are offered in particular semesters. Your course catalog can be found here and is based off of what year you’re in. For example, if you’re a junior, your course catalog is the 16-17 catalog.


5. Talk to people who have taken the class

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While your advisor can be extremely helpful, you’ll often get some of the best insider information on a class from students who have already taken a class you’re considering.  


6. Check out Rate My Professor

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Using Rate My Professor can be really helpful when figuring out what  classes to take. It can help you get a better understanding of certain professors from past students who have left reviews and comments on them. Although this can be helpful, take it with a grain of salt. Your experience will always be different from everyone else’s.

7. Find good Wi-Fi

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The worst possible scenario: your Wi-Fi cuts out right as you’re trying to register for your classes. Make sure you have the best Wi-Fi possible at least five minutes before your registration time. If you have to, come to campus and nestle in a spot with reliable  reliable Wi-Fi before tackling your course selections.


What to do if you don’t get the classes you wanted:

  1. Go to the first class with an add/drop form and make your case for why you should be in that class.
  2. Send an email or talk to the professor before the class starts — you want to make the best impression possible.
  3. Give the professor legitimate reasons to add you to an oversubscribed class — maybe it’s a major requirement, prerequisite, it’s only given in spring and you’re going abroad then, you’re a graduating senior, things like that. It would also help to describe what you can bring to the table, what makes you passionate about that certain subject and how the curriculum would benefit you as a student.
  4. Be persistent. Fight for your place in the class.
  5. If all else fails, talk to your academic advisor. There are always online classes, community colleges and other semesters to take these classes!

Claire Tafoya

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